Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Political Digest for March 14, 2012

The Old Jarhead Blog: Bringing you news and information the MSM is too busy covering American Idol, celebrity affairs and sensational missing person cases to cover. Please forward to friends who need to be informed.

Advice for my Granddaughter: For When I'm Gone
All royalties go to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Scary: This Is The Fed's Worst-Case Doom Scenario For The US Economy
Excerpt: The supervisory stress scenario for CCAR 2012, which was designed in November 2011, depicts a severe recession in the United States, including a peak unemployment rate of 13 percent, a 50 percent drop in equity prices, and a 21 percent decline in housing prices. (Preparing for Obama’s second term. Unfortunately, I think worse case is a federal default or hyper-inflation as they print money to stave it off, similar to Argentina in 1989 or Weimar in the 1930s. Perhaps with an Islamic A-bomb in New York to help the collapse along. ~Bob.)

Must Read: The Big Hoax By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: What is the purpose or effect of this whole exercise by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice? To help black students or to secure the black vote in an election year by seeming to be coming to the rescue of blacks from white oppression? Among the many serious problems of ghetto schools is the legal difficulty of getting rid of disruptive hoodlums, a mere handful of whom can be enough to destroy the education of a far larger number of other black students -- and with it destroy their chances for a better life.

San Francisco drug users form union
The only good thing about the coming collapse is that there will be a huge die-off of the unproductive parasites. ~Bob. Excerpt: Heroin shooters, speed users, pot smokers and even some men and women who now are drug-free convene regularly in this city's gritty Tenderloin district — not for treatment, but to discuss public health policy and share their experiences free from shame or blame. ... This is the San Francisco Drug Users Union, one of a few such groups in the U.S. and part of a growing worldwide movement of thousands who, according to the International Network of People Who Use Drugs, are demanding a voice "in decision-making processes that affect our lives."

Teen Set on Fire in Racial Attack; Media Silent
Excerpt: “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.” So spewed the attackers of Melissa Coon’s 13-year-old son, as they doused him with gasoline and set him alight. Police, they say, are “investigating” whether this is a hate crime. Is it a hate crime for a black teacher to tell a white kid he knows nothing about black history in class (“disrespecting” him in front of the entire class) and then have two older blacks follow him as he walked home and set him on fire? Apparently not in Obama’s world.

How to Stop Putting Gas in the Islamist Tank. Because enriching your enemy may not be a brilliant strategy. By Clifford D. May
Excerpt: Islamists are a diverse lot. Some are what diplomats like to call “violent extremists.” They want to kill you. Others are less eager to shed blood, more confident that by mastering electoral politics, manipulating international organizations and designing effective public relations campaigns they can achieve their objectives. What are those objectives? Islamism implies a commitment to the imperative of Islamic power. Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood articulated the basic idea succinctly:

How to Kill an Economy Egypt sours on its (lucrative) gas deal with Israel. By Lee Smith
Excerpt: Late last week Spanish authorities announced that they’re extraditing Egyptian businessman Hussein Salem, a close associate of former president Hosni Mubarak. Salem is a central figure in the post-Mubarak narrative of the regime’s rampant corruption. He has already been sentenced in absentia to seven years in prison by an Egyptian court for his alleged role in selling natural gas to Israel at below market rates. The problem with that narrative is that Israel pays top dollar for Egyptian gas. How that cash was distributed within Egypt is an entirely separate matter.

Gas prices trigger Obama scramble
Excerpt: The White House scrambled Monday to contain the political damage from rising gas prices, which have emerged as a primary threat to President Obama’s reelection. (In 2008, Barack Obama said, “you’re paying nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas — 2 1/ 2 times what it cost when President Bush took office.” Having convinced the public that the President was responsible for high gas prices, Democrats can hardly blame the public for thinking the President is responsible for high gas prices. What goes around… ~Bob.)

Obama: I’d like higher gas prices, just not so quickly
Posted at 3:20 pm on June 11, 2008 by Ed Morrissey (w/video)
Excerpt: According to Barack Obama, high gas prices don’t really constitute a problem for Americans. He stated yesterday that the reason for our anger is the rapid increase in prices, not the prices themselves. Obama claimed that Americans would have accepted a “gradual adjustment” to the current cost:

A pre-election epiphany. He’ll be back in form by November 10th. ~Bob. President Obama's Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, renounced his previously-stated desire to see gas prices rise to match European levels in order to motivate alternative energy research, telling the Senate today that he wants gas prices to fall for the sake of the economy. "We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Chu said in 2008. When reminded of that comment today during his congressional testimony, Chu backed away from that position.

The Shocking Photo the Obama Administration Doesn't Want You to See!
Excerpt: Taken at a gas station within walking distance of the White House:

Obama in Your Tank
Excerpt: In other words, it’s not the gasoline that’s been going up. It’s the dollar that’s been going down. Americans, however, don’t hold their money in gold or silver. They generally hold their money in accounts denominated in dollars, and the dollar has been getting weaker. It is the view of the Sun that this fact lies at the bottom of the grim feeling that has swept the country under President Obama, the lingering sense that we are falling behind.

Stephen Henderson: A dark reality for Detroit
Excerpt: A series of gunshots woke me at about 2 a.m., maybe a few blocks away. When I got up to see that everything was OK, I heard three more shots. Then two more that sounded like they were from a different gun. Then four more from the first weapon. This obvious gunfight occurred in the same neighborhood as the Rattlesnake Club and the University Prep Science and Math High School. (The future of progressive-run, union-controlled American cities, bled out. ~Bob.)

Justice blocks Texas voter ID law
Excerpt: The Justice Department on Monday blocked a new Texas law that requires government-issued photo identification at the polls, further inflaming an intense and racially charged election-year debate over voting requirements. Republicans blasted the Obama administration’s move as purely political and said the ID requirement is necessary to prevent fraud and election tampering. (Discrimination on the basis of race is wrong, wherever it occurs. So if this was about discrimination, the DOJ would be going after laws requiring people to show IDs to buy tobacco, alcohol, guns, get into R movies, rent cars, cash checks or fly, where discrimination is equally wrong.. It’s about protecting voter fraud to elect Democrats. Period. ~Bob.)

President Recapturing Groups Won by G.O.P. in 2010
Excerpt: While President Obama is locked in a tight race for re-election, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll found him faring well against the top Republican candidates among some important groups that abandoned Congressional Democrats in 2010. Among all registered voters, Mr. Obama had a three-point edge over Mitt Romney and a four-point advantage over Rick Santorum, differences that are within the poll’s margin of sampling error. (I tend to distrust polls by agenda-driving groups, left or right. This is a left-media poll. ~Bob.)

The Dangers of Raising Taxes on Investment Income by Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Excerpt: There is good reason to believe that higher rates on capital gains and dividend income would have negative effects on the U.S. economy by reducing the overall level of U.S. investment and by driving such investment to overseas markets. Higher tax rates would reduce economic activity and, thus, economic growth, by reducing available financing for private companies, innovators, and small firms just getting started. (Obama doesn’t want higher taxes on investments, as he knows that would hurt the economy and his re-election. He wants the republicans to be responsible and defeat the proposals, so he can campaign against “the rich” with economically-ignorant voters. ~Bob.)

Why Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Will Reduce Health Care Access By Megan McArdle
Excerpt: Chapin White of the Center for Studying Health System Change has published an important new paper in Health Services Research, a journal of health economics, which suggests that a critical part of the Affordable Care Act--its expansion of Medicaid coverage to 16 million more Americans--may actually reduce those individuals' access to health care. White's report comes on the heels of numerous studies that show that patients on Medicaid, our national government-run health-care program for the poor, do far worse on health outcomes than do those on private insurance, and in some cases, worse than those with no insurance at all.

Obama's New Regulations Cost Billions
Excerpt: If you fly across the country, it's easy to see signs of America's ingenuity and productivity -- skyscrapers in New York City, steel mills in Pennsylvania, factories in Chicago, farmland in the Great Plains, and the glittering technology of Silicon Valley. But what you can't see, though it's very real, is the invisible web of red tape crawling forth from Washington, crisscrossing the landscape, strangling job creators, tying down entrepreneurs, and tangling America's engine of innovation in a mess of regulations. Under the Obama Administration, those endless miles of government-imposed directives has kept getting longer, as The Heritage Foundation reveals in a new study released today.

California's Greek Tragedy: No one should write off the Golden State. But it will take massive reforms to reverse its economic decline. By Michael J. Boskin And John F. Cogan
Excerpt: Long a harbinger of national trends and an incubator of innovation, cash-strapped California eagerly awaits a temporary revenue surge from Facebook IPO stock options and capital gains. Meanwhile, Stockton may soon become the state's largest city to go bust. Call it the agony and ecstasy of contemporary California.

U.S. Border Patrol To Adopt The ICE Amnesty
Excerpt: In a sad and disquieting note, the new head of the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) has announced an upcoming new enforcement strategy, a risk based strategy rather than a resource based strategy. For the uninitiated that means that the once formidable USBP, one with decades of its own enforcement culture, will be adopting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) non-enforcement policy.

U.S. Officials Debate Speeding Afghan Pullout
Excerpt: The Obama administration is discussing whether to reduce American forces in Afghanistan by at least an additional 20,000 troops by 2013, reflecting a growing belief within the White House that the mission there has now reached the point of diminishing returns.

Guatemala Dos Erres massacre soldier given 6,060 years
Damn liberal judges. He’ll be out in 3,000. ~Bob. Excerpt: A court in Guatemala has sentenced a former soldier to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 201 people during the civil war. Pedro Pimentel Rios, 55, was extradited from the US last year.

Suspected US drone strike kills 6 in NW Pakistan
Excerpt: American drone-fired missiles hit a vehicle traveling on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing six militants from a group known to have signed a nonaggression pact with the Pakistani army, intelligence officials and a local tribesman said. Two commanders from the network led by Maulvi Nazir were among the dead in the attack in the Birmal district of South Waziristan, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. (It must be interesting flying drones from a base in the US. You go home for dinner. “Hi, Honey, how was your days? “Greased six of the bastards!” “That’s great—did you pick up the pizza? “ ~Bob.)

Worth Reading: The entire Obama presidency, in one anecdote. By James Pethokoukis
Excerpt: Week after week, [White House economic adviser Christina] Romer would march in with an estimate of the jobs all the investments in clean energy would produce; week after week, Obama would send her back to check the numbers. “I don’t get it,” he’d say. “We make these large-scale investments in infrastructure. What do you mean, there are no jobs?” … So nearly 20% of new “good jobs” are in oil and gas. (Yes, he doesn’t get it. ~Bob.)

Treasury reports $232B deficit in February
Excerpt: The monthly U.S. budget deficit grew to $232 billion in February, the Treasury Department reported Monday. The February figure brings the total budget deficit for the first five months of fiscal 2012 to $581 billion.

The Amazing Spinning Democrats: Dems who attacked Bush economy in 2004 defend Obama’s worse record today
Excerpt: When President George W. Bush ran for reelection in 2004, Democrats hammered him for presiding over the “worst job recovery since the Great Depression.”
Now that a Democratic president holds that distinction, and is facing reelection, they have changed their tune.

The make-believe tyranny of photo ID
Excerpt: For Attorney General Eric Holder, life must present a hellish vista of pervasive racist practices. Wherever he goes, people are required to show identification. When cashing a check. When signing up for a library card. When boarding a plane. When entering certain office buildings. When checking into hotels. When (in the case of the youthful-looking) buying a beer or cigarettes, or entering a bar. The tyranny of the photo ID is so all-encompassing that people can’t enter Holder’s own Justice Department without showing one.

What if George W. Bush had done that?
Excerpt: President Barack Obama has forged a surprising consensus on opposite ends of the political spectrum: They wonder how on earth he gets away with it. A series of recent moves — from aggressively filling his reelection war chest to green-lighting shoot-to-kill orders against an American terror suspect overseas — would have triggered a massive backlash if George W. Bush had tried them, say former Bush administration officials and a few on the political left. Even Obama’s love for the links draws only gentle ribbing rather than the denunciations that helped drive Bush to give up the game for the balance of his presidency. (No mystery here. The media has an ideological agenda, was out to destroy Bush, but to protect Obama. If Obama raped a girl scout in the Rose Garden, the media would say she led him on. This is the same reason Rush gets slammed for calling a woman a slut, while leftists get a pass for that and worse. ~Bob.)

Voters Watch Jobless Number
Excerpt: When Mark Twain popularized the famous line attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli about lies coming in three varieties, “lies, damned lies, and statistics,” a lot of people probably assumed that they were both thinking about politics and/or economics. But even people trying their best to examine an issue or situation objectively can interpret the same numbers differently, putting differing weights on differing factors. Recent economic data are open to substantial interpretation—the upwardly revised 3 percent increase in gross domestic product, for example, and the unemployment rate, dropping in five of the last six months and remaining steady at 8.3 percent in February. (This column is a perfect example of why I think Cook is a fair political analyst. He has, however, not mentioned the easiest way for the administration to get the unemployment numbers down: change how the unemployed are counted again. Depending on your point of view, this is either “good issue management” or “cheating.” Ron P. If they could convince everyone to stop looking for work, the “unemployment rate” would drop to zero. The key number is “Workforce Participation,” down two full percentage points {65.7% to 63.7%} since Obama took office. How do we get people to pay attention to that number if the media covers for him? ~Bob.

Syria laying landmines along border: Human Rights Watch
Excerpt: The size and origin of Syria's stockpile of landmines is not clear, HRW said, but is thought to consist mostly of Russian-made weapons - some Soviet-era - such as PMN-2 anti-personnel mines and TMN-46 anti-vehicle mines. Reports that Syrian troops were laying landmines first emerged last November, when a government official told the Associated Press news agency: "Syria has undertaken many measures to control the borders, including planting mines." The BBC's Jonathan Head, reporting from Hatay on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, says he has seen refugees arrive who have lost limbs because of the mines. (Has anyone else noticed that free countries are generally worried about people sneaking IN, while slave countries worry about people sneaking OUT. Ron P.)

Three Ways To Cope with the Coming Plague of Obama Bumper Stickers: Fight back with your own message under the windshield wiper. By Belladonna Rogers
Excerpt: You type two sentences and print out as many as you like. Keep them in your car at all times. Here’s a little inspiration: Dear Friend: Some unknown socialist put an Obama bumper sticker on your car. I’m letting you know so that you can remove it before it causes you any further embarrassment. (Funny. But as a wise old Republican Selectman in Lunenburg, MA, Norm Thompson, advised me early in my political career, “If a man can’t be for me, I don’t want him mad, as he’ll work twice as hard against me.” You won’t change their minds, but might spur them to greater efforts to grow government and the deficit. I’d be tempted to put this instead, “I see you are interested in politics, and recommend a great book, ‘Applied Economics,’ by the brilliant economist, Dr. Thomas Sowell. He’s black, but I hope that won’t bias you against reading him.” ~Bob.)

10 Ways Obama Has Made War More Likely by Daniel Greenfield
Excerpt: Wars begin in a thousand ways. Some begin with lies, others with truth. Some with aggression and others with appeasement. But behind those many beginnings are some familiar qualities. Arrogance, incompetence, ignorance and cowardice.

The Real War on Women: Baby Girls in Peril by Joseph Klein
Excerpt: Never mind the phony “war on women” contraception controversy concocted by the Left to help get President Obama re-elected. There is a real gender war being launched against females around the world, as documented in a provocative article titled “The Global War Against Baby Girls” by Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. Specifically, Mr. Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer, is referring to the practice of “sex-selective feticide, implemented through the practice of surgical abortion with the assistance of information gained through prenatal gender determination technology.” (Outrageous. He’s worried about a few million baby girls being aborted because they are the wrong gender, while Sandra Fluke might have to forgo having sex this weekend because she can’t get someone to pay for her condoms! ~Bob.)

A demonstration of Islamic tolerance, as they didn’t murder her per usual practice. ~Bob. Excerpt: Sixty-year-old Seema Bibi went from being a Christian to a Muslim, and back, in six months – but fellow villagers did not take kindly to this change of heart, and religion. Seema was tortured – her head shaved – and paraded through the streets of village Kot Marth, garlanded with shoes, police officials and residents said.

Gingrich: "Anti-Christian bigotry is just fine in the entertainment industry but they have to be very protective of Islam"
Excerpt: Gingrich is absolutely right. A show called "Good Muslim Bitches" simply can't be imagined: ABC would have been inundated with death threats, as well as charges of "racism," "bigotry," and "Islamophobia." But "Good Christian Bitches"? Why, opposing a show with that title makes you a bigot!

The High Cost of Dumbing Us Down
Excerpt: And the reason why it now costs so much to educate a child in the public schools is that the dumbing-down process is not cheap. It requires costly programs that need frequent upgrading and revision, and it also requires specially trained teachers who are constantly attending expensive conferences and seminars in order to learn how better to dumb down the children.

GOP sheriffs blast Elizabeth Warren’s stance on illegal aliens
Excerpt: Republican Bay State sheriffs blasted Democratic senatorial hopeful Elizabeth Warren this afternoon, calling her “out of step with the people of Massachusetts” for opposing a controversial measure that would allow law enforcement to track illegal aliens.

Study: Liberals More Likely To Block Online Friends Over Political Disagreements
Excerpt: People with liberal views are almost twice as likely as conservatives to unfriend someone on social media over political disagreements, according to a new Pew Research survey. In every category, people who identified as liberal were more likely to shun their connections over political disagreements. Twenty-eight percent of liberal users have unfriended or blocked someone, while 16 percent of conservatives and 14 percent of moderates admitted to doing the same. (Who could possibly have guessed that liberals are less tolerant than conservatives? Pew must have accidentally hired a conservative survey taker. Find that liar and lynch him! Ron P. No surprise. Religious fundamentalist would block anyone questioning their religion, and statist dogma has taken the place of religious dogma in liberals’ minds and hearts. ~Bob.)

Utility Eyes Security Exemption for EPA Rule
Excerpt: A major utility is considering asking the Obama administration to invoke a rarely used statutory tool that grants companies more time to comply with clean-air rules if the country’s national security is at risk. (…) A rarely — if ever — used provision in the Clean Air Act would allow President Obama to issue an executive order that exempts a company from any EPA rule for at least two years “if the President determines that the technology to implement such standard is not available and that it is in the national security interests of the United States to do so,” as the law states. This provision also states that the exemption “may be extended for 1 or more additional periods.” (If I were to guess on how likely this is to be approved, I’d guess that it will depend on whether or not Obama thinks he can win reelection only with votes from Virginia AND he judges that this might swing enough votes to make that happen. To ensure reelection, his base will forgive him. Ron P. If Obama has to make a choice between what’s political and saving your job, update your resume. ~Bob.)

Eric Holder Supports the Al-Qaeda Vote
Excerpt: “Should al-Qaeda be allowed to vote? And what about Hezbollah, not to mention operatives of Iranian intelligence? Shouldn’t these often violent individuals be encouraged to work within the system and act democratically by exercising their legal right to vote? (And, yes, I’m talking about U.S. elections!)That would appear to be the thinking of our Attorney General Eric Holder, who hopes to strike down Texas voter ID legislation.

Greece Has Defaulted – Which Country In Europe Is Next?
Despite the spin doctors of the EU, Greek has now entered into a partial default. A 50% "haircut" on Greek debt means that only the most reckless investors in the world will want any more Greek debt. And this comes at a time when Greece is living on borrowed money. So where will it turn to keep its government going? Think about it. Would YOU be willing to buy Greek bonds knowing that at any time, the European Union could (and probably will!) turn around and change the terms of the bond contract, telling you you do NOT have the right to demand the full amount of payment--that you will be lucky to get just half of your money back instead of being paid the full amount with interest, as YOU would have to do if you took out a bank loan. Imagine a bank being forced to give you half of your loan as a gift and not being allowed to demand the full amount! Well, the "bank" in this case includes a lot of private investors who did NOT agree to take this loss. Now, just for laughs, read what EU president Herman Rompuy says about the Greek crisis. He thinks the latest bailout is a "turning point." Oh, it is. But not the kind he had in mind when he gave utterance to his fantasy: -- Don Hank

Tide Detergent Being Stolen From Stores Across the Country
Excerpt: Tide laundry detergent is meant to be used for household cleaning purposes, but thieves are turning it into something dirty. Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities they are setting up task forces where the detergent is sold to track the number of bottles in stores. Police believe thieves are using the soap on the black market, which retails for $10-$20, to buy drugs. On the black market, Tide is often referred to as "liquid gold" and can go for $5-$10 per bottle. (If this happened in 2006, Democrats would have blamed Bush. ~Bob.)

What Public Employee Unions Are Doing to Our Country
Excerpt: Many scholars are better versed on the history of public employee unions than I am, but there is one credential I can claim that they cannot: I am a taxpayer in the People’s Republic of New Jerseystan. That makes me an authority on how public sector unions—especially at the state and local level—are thwarting economic growth, strangling the middle class, and generally hijacking the democratic process to serve their own ends rather than the public. Now in my experience, when one says the words “New Jersey,” people for some reason think it is a laugh line. (This is something very rare: a very serious subject treated seriously, but with the perfect amount of humor. It also makes a great case for reelecting Gov. Christie. Ron P.)

Lebanese men beating an Ethiopian maid in broad daylight.
The Islamic real “War on Women” that feminists ignore. ~Bob.

Excerpt: The latest mass killing by an American soldier follows a three-year downward spiral: the burned desecrated Korans, the murdering of Americans by Afghan “allies,” the surge followed immediately by loudly announced withdrawal dates, four different senior commanders in three years, a musical-chairs rotation likewise on the diplomatic side, and a president clearly uncomfortable that his prior promises as a candidate to fight unflinchingly in Afghanistan were strait-jacketing his presidential impatience at leaving.

Highway bill is worth billions to companies owned by Soros, Pickens, Douglas by S. E. Robinson
Excerpt: George Soros, T. Boone Pickens, Kevin G. Douglas and companies under their control stand to reap the rewards of billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies contained in a Democratic-sponsored measure set for a vote this week. The legislation, authored by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), would amend the much-ballyhooed highway bill to include the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions act, or NATGAS act. (The looting is so frequent and so thorough, we can’t keep track. ~Bob.)

Activist Communique: Quebec activist loses eye after clash with police
Another entitlement-riot martyr. ~Bob. Excerpt: At the attempted occupation, students clashed with Montreal police's riot squad and tear gas and flash grenades were used to disperse the crowd. The use of both crowd-control weapons was confirmed later in the day by Sgt. Ian Lafrenière. … Among those injured was Francis Grenier (20) following the explosion of a police stun grenade to the face -- specifically to the right eye. Grenier is a student at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme and was attending the peaceful demonstration when he was wounded by police.

Gallup state numbers predict huge Obama loss
Excerpt: Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215. (I think the election will turn on events yet to happen, so all polls taken now worthless. ~Bob.)

H.R. 347: Another Step in the Elimination of the First Amendment
Excerpt: It is fairly obvious Obama and Congress rushed through H.R. 347 in order to curtail demonstrations that will undoubtedly occur during both Democrat and Republican conventions this summer. Also known as the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,” the bill makes it a felony to disrupt or protest at any place or event attended by any person with secret service protection.

IPAB repeal attached to House tort-reform bill
Excerpt: House members are expected to vote next week on a medical liability reform bill that includes language to repeal the health reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, House Republican aides say.

Excerpt: Ethnic politics have always been a facet of American politics. But recently the frightened Obama reelection campaign seems to be going to unusual lengths to appeal overtly to voters by virtue of Obama’s race — a sort of retrograde tribalism that Obama in 2004 promised that we would transcend. What are we to make of the coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, announcing on a campaign video, “I have the president’s back and it’s left up to us, as African Americans, to show that we have his back.” (I guess Packers’, Vikings’ and Lions’ fans should now vote against Obama. ~Bob.)

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